Every year, world-renowned artists create awards presented to select winning filmmakers at the Tribeca Film Festival. We honor these artists' contribution with a special exhibit, free and open to the public throughout the Festival.

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh

For Wonder Woman
Lithograph with hand sewn elements. Edition 16/25
Courtesy of the artist
20 1/8 x 30 inches
Nora Ephron Award

Ghada Amer (American, born Egypt) and Reza Farkhondeh (American, Born Iran) are visual artists and have their own individual and collective practice. When they come together to create work, Amer's quest for empowering women is combined with Farkhondeh's vision of the fragility of our lives and nature. While both artists have their own individual practice, Farkhondeh and Amer welcome as well the status of combined authorship. Their work comments on art, literature and social political life. Ghada Amer studied at Villa Arson, Nice France where she earned an MFA in paintings and Drawings in 1989. Reza Farkhondeh earned a BFA at École nationale supérieure d'art de Dijon France in 1988 and received his MFA in video and short film at Villa Arson, Nice France in 1991. The two artists attended the prestigious Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques in Paris in 1991 and 1993.

Meghan Boody

Flash (To the tender flesh it went)
Fugi Crystal Archive mounted face mounted to matte Plexiglas back mounted to acrylic. Edition 1/4
Courtesy of the artist
30 x 40 inches
Best New Narrative Director

Meghan Boody creates fantastical photo composites where personal avatars undergo challenging adventures. These characters go on cosmic, mythic quests that explore the nature of inner change. Her images are intricately layered digital collages which draw from her extensive travels, in studio portraiture and, most recently, NASA imagery. Boody received a BA from Georgetown University and discovered her love of photography while apprenticing with the photographer, Hans Namuth. Selected exhibitions include institutions such as The Rubin Museum of Art and the The Houston Center of Photography. Her work is in the collections of museums throughout the world including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania.

Nancy Dwyer

dDigital print and silkscreen on canvas
Courtesy of the artist
30 x 36 x 2 inches
Award: Storyscapes Award

Nancy Dwyer came to recognition early in her career as a member of The Pictures Generation. Her multimedia paintings and sculptures explore language and perception, context and objects. In addition to numerous solo exhibits, Dwyer has shown work at major museums, including The Pictures Generation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009, the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOCA Los Angeles, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Kunsthalle Wein, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Museum, and a retrospective at the Fisher Landau Center for Art in Long Island City. Her public art commissions are installed in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and in Europe. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of museums such as The Metropolitan Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Israel Museum and Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Stephen Hannock

The Lady of Shalott, Cool Evening
Polished mixed media. Over Chuck Close Daguerreotype. On Panel
Courtesy of the artist
16 X 14 inches
Award: Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature

Stephen Hannock is an American Luminist painter known for his atmospheric nocturnes, which often incorporate text inscriptions that relate to family, friends, or the events of daily life. He has demonstrated a unique appreciation for contemporary storytelling through the painting medium. His inventive machine polishing of the surfaces of his paintings gives a characteristic luminous quality to his work. His design of visual effects for the 1998 film What Dreams May Come garnered him an Academy Award®. His works appear in collections worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. With frequent collaborator Sting, he is the contemporary annex to the current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled, Thomas Cole's Journey, Atlantic Crossings.

Eddie Kang

Learning How to Paint/Make A Wish
Print on paper, edition of 50
Courtesy of the artist
15 x 12 1/2 inches/15 x 12 1/2 inches.
Award: Best Narrative Short

Eddie Kang was born in Seoul, South Korea where he continues to live and work. He studied in the United States at Rhode Island School of Design earning a BFA in Fine Art: Film, Animation, and Video.Kang has been included in many exhibitions including a recent solo show in New York City. Upcoming exhibitions and commissions include Gana Art, Seoul, and an installation at K11's new shopping mall complex in Tian-Jin, China. Recently Kang launched a collaboration with MCM which is in stores worldwide.

David Levinthal

Fort Apache
Archival Pigment Print. Edition 1/5
Courtesy of the artist
17 x 22 inches
Award: Best Documentary Short

David Levinthal received his MFA in Photography from Yale University. His unique photographic technique creates environments with small toys and props using dramatic lighting. His subjects range from pop culture to political and racial events and issues, to war and voyeurism. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions at institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, and the Fotomuseum Winterthur. His work is featured in public collections worldwide including The Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Centre Pompidou, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the International Center of Photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Polaroid Collection.

John F. Simon, Jr.

White Bowl
HDU, Acrylic paint. Unique Work
Courtesy of the artist
9 x 22.5 x 3 inches
Award: Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award

John F. Simon, Jr. is a new media artist who is known as an innovator of computer generated imagery and rapid prototype sculpting. Simon received a BA in Studio Art from Brown University and a MFA in Computer Art from School of Visual Arts. His work is in the collections of museums including the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Guggenheim Museum.Simon's recent publication, Drawing Your Own Path is an account of the artists' daily drawing meditation practice as a creative source. His daily drawings can be followed on his site: iclock.com..

Joan Snyder

Can We Turn Our Rage to Poetry
Lithograph in colors on Rives BKK paper. Edition 15/20.
Courtesy of the artist
30 1/4 x 44 1/4 inches
Award: Best International Narrative Feature

Joan Snyder first gained public attention in the early 1970s with her gestural and elegant "stroke paintings." Often referred to as an autobiographical or confessional artist, her paintings are both narratives of personal and communal experiences. Through a fiercely individual approach and persistent experimentation with technique and materials, Snyder has extended the expressive potential of abstract painting and inspired generations of emerging artists. Snyder's work is included in many public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, High Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Phillips Collection. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship and NEA grant. For a full bio see joansnyder.net.

Julia Wachtel

Tehran, Iran (June 6, 1989)
one from the portfolio of nine lithographs and silkscreens precariously close to 5 billion points of confusion
Courtesy of the artist
image: 21 1/2 x 29 inches/ sheet: 21 15/16 x 29 7/16 inches
Award: Best Documentary Feature

Julia Wachtel has exhibited internationally since the 1980's. Her work, dominated by images from popular culture, explores the impact of this burst on the human psyche, often juxtaposing them so they are at the same time familiar and disorienting. Recently Wachtel has had solo exhibitions at The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Kunsthall Bergen, and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NYC. She has been in numerous group exhibitions, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Saatchi Gallery, London, Gavin Brown Enterprise, NYC, Maruani Mercier Gallery, Brussels, Redling Fine Art, LA, and Foxy Production, NYC. Last year she was in the exhibition, Fast Forward: Painting from the 80s at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and currently Too Much Is Not Enough: Art and Commodity in the 80s, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.